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The Most Original, Innovative Games Are On The PSN

Before people flip out, I'm actually referring to the entire world of downloadable and digital games. I'm not just singling out the PlayStation Network; I just couldn't fit everything in the headline. And last I checked, this is a PlayStation-centric website.

Anyway, if anyone complains about a lack of creativity, originality and innovation in video games these days, they obviously haven't checked out the digital offerings online. Developers are able to take more risks; they don't have to worry as much about losing gobs of money, and so many designers have tried so many new things. It's really refreshing and we should reward such efforts.

If you just take a quick sampling of what the PSN has to offer in terms of freshness, you come away with a lot of impressive productions. Thatgamecompany has already given us flOw and Flower, and they'll soon deliver Journey. All titles are unique and extremely compelling and better yet, they're really not remotely similar to one another at all. So many digital games are redefining the nature of the term, "new IP." And it doesn't end there, as many other games, like Echochrome, Limbo, and Shatter are just wonderfully entertaining.

And some could argue that a game like Shatter is "just another brick-breaker," but the mechanics of that title are indeed innovative and besides, where do you see brick-breakers these days? Same goes for Joe Danger. You can call it a modern-day Excitebike if you want, but that's not entirely accurate in the first place and in the second place, do you see a lot of games like Excitebike on store shelves? And what about the PixelJunk series? Is that even define-able? Do those fit in any particular mold?

Look at two of the latest: Sideway: New York and Eufloria. Now, we're not talking about the greatest games in the world, but they're not like anything you've played before. Plus, let's not forget about resurrecting old-school formats like top-down action (Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light) or great gameplay mechanic combinations, where puzzle, action, and platforming all come into play (Hamilton's Great Adventure is a good example). Gotta love side-scrollers, too.

I'm not saying there's no innovation or originality in the big Blu-Ray market. But don't grief about a lack of artistic growth or experimentation if you aren't actively perusing places like the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace. Multiple downloadable gems.

Tags: psn, playstation network, downloadable games, digital games

10/13/2011 9:00:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 9:42:06 PM

I agree. Old school genres are coming back in full swing with additional innovations to them (and in HD goodness) as well as new types of genres popping up all the time. I enjoy full retail games for the immersiveness, but gotta say the PSN titles are more than just a distraction.

Has anyone tried Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes on the PSN? I highly recommend it if you enjoy downloadable titles. It's gotta be one of my favourites on there right now. It also has solid online play, and I would love to play with anyone on here who has it!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 9:57:26 PM

And yet, there are still no new creative uses for motion gaming.

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Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 3:05:31 AM


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Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 6:01:21 AM

*Shakes the pole* Bwahaha! *evil grin*

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Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 4:42:49 PM

Tumble and Echochrome ii are pretty cool, and pretty creative - there are things being tried out there ;).

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 9:58:22 PM

I think we should clarify the definition of innovation. When people say innovative, I think of being influential which leads to a trend of copying by other developers.

It could be games as simple as angry birds on iPhone which gave hopes to small App developers.

It could be Wii Sports which made Microsoft and Sony make their own Kinect Sports and Sports Champion.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 10:21:37 PM

Innovate just means to create something new. I don't think popularity has much to do with it. If popularity ensues after innovating, then all is well, but you can innovate something that people don't like.

The Power Glove for Nintendo was innovative, but it didn't work out so well. The Virtual Boy was innovative too, but it didn't work out so well either.

But I guess that you could argue that years later we are copying these primitive versions in the form of motion controls and 3D.

I do also think that innovations can come in all shapes and sizes and a small innovation is still an innovation none the less. In Lara Croft and the Guardian Light it's still a top down shooter like we have seen before, but there is an innovative aspect to it. You can use the javelin and thrust them into walls to create stepping stones which helps you reach hard to get places. Also in co-op you must use your partner who has a shield to get through certain areas. He will use his shield to protect you, or use it to vault you into hard to reach places. Lara can also grapple him from low places or if he falls off the edge.

That's an example of innovations in an already established genre.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 10:21:49 PM

let me pull the facts
xbox 360 best exclusives and franchise: Gears of war, Forza, halo, fable, crack down, dead rising, culdcept saga, Tales of Vesperia, Lost odyssey, Kameo, Banjo Nuts and bolts, Viva pinata 1 & 2, alan wake,Child of Eden. ( mass effect, dead or alive is no longer an exclusive)

Ps3 best exclusives and franchise: Killzone, Little big planet,
gran tourismo, resistance, uncharted, Motorstorm, Rachet and Clank, Twisted Metal, The Last Guardian, Ni No Kuni, Amy, Sorcery, infamous, Final Fantasy 14, Journey, ICO Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection, Metal Gear Solid 4, Socom 4, DC Universe Online, MLB The Show, yakuza, The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy versus XIII, valkeria chronicles, Demon's Souls, Heavy Rain, 3D Dot Game Heroes, ModNation Racers, MAG, Heavenly Sword, God of War franchie, The Sly Collection , Buzz! Quiz TV Bundle, Katamari Forever, Catherine, Siren Blood Curse,
Hot Shots Golf, Ridge Racer 7, Disgaea, Fat Princess, Flower, Folklore, Formula One Championship Edition, Genji: Days of the Blade, Railfan,
wipeout hd, Bleach: Soul Resurrección, Malicious, Megazone 23: Aoi Garland, Mist of Chaos, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, Ninja Gaiden Sigma,
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls, Way of the Samurai, Warhawk,
Wangan Midnight, Starhawk, Initial D Extreme Stage, Dead Nation,
The Eye of Judgment, eyepet, Aquanaut's Holiday: Hidden Memories, Atelier Meruru: The Alchemist of Arland, Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland,Record of Agarest War 2, Trinity Universe , Pixeljunk Shooter,
journey, and thats all for now.

its clear that if you have only xbox, you live in a small world.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 10:45:26 PM

...what does that have to do with the article?

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 10:49:36 PM

Very nice, but you may have narrowly missed the point Ben was making in this article...

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 10:51:47 PM

@wenzz jeez dude take it easy mate,

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Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 10:58:54 PM

I get what you're saying but that ain't the point of this article though.
Ben is talking about most original and innovative, what you're talking about is the best games.

You got a right post in the wrong article.

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Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 2:01:55 AM

wow that is some list man, but as Ben pointed out, why this comment?

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Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 4:12:54 PM

btw i didnt even read the article when i post my comment

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Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 5:50:46 AM

Innovation. The scariest word within the game industry today. Developers are so focus on innovation they're not focusing on quality titles.

All I hear from game companies is 'Innovation' and what is this Innovation? hands free motion devices, DLC, Onlive. I think we all remember the 360's last E3 specatacle, which was all about Kinect. Each games just looked so restricted within the limits of control the device can handle.

I have nothing really against PS Store games, but the truth is I did not buy a PS3 for store games. That recent Bloodrayne game looks like a flash game on the internet. Sure not all are like that, Siren Blood Curse is one of the best games I have played this gen, though in my country it was released on Blu-ray.

I think people are now just denying the spectacle of gaming. When I buy a game I want it all, a great story, character development, gameplay, score. The recent game do satisfy my need for these was Catherine, which completely defies modern gaming techniques, there is not online mode, but a co-op mode! This game to me really represents the possible future in gaming with its intereactive narrative, along with Heavy Rain.

In truth, I am not interested in any of this 'innovation', I like to hold a joypad, I like to buy a game and know I have bought the full package rather than have teh developers hold off 'added content' before the release just so that can con us later.

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Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 4:50:06 PM

I wouldn't let the medium get in the way of the content. When you say you didn't buy a PS3 for 'Store Games', did you mean inFamous 2 or Mass Effect 2 as Store Games, as they're both up on the Store (at least in SCEE) as well for download. While some of the Move PSN games have been bundled and released on Blu-Ray - does that make them automatically more interesting?

Store games, just like retail games, run the whole gamut of gaming experiences and, like Ben pointed out, actually extend gaming experiences a bit further, because it's possible to take a risk on a game that costs tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop, but risking a multi-million dollar game on an untried gameplay mechanic can be studio suicide, and while most humans aren't that rational, most aren't _that_ irrational either!

So don't go for Bloodrayne, but don't let that keep you away from something you might like, be it Flower, Shatter (Shatter _is_ excellent) or what-have-you. If it's not your style of game don't play it (and if you _only_ play big blockbuster games then you won't find many games on the store for you). But if you _only_ play big blockbuster games then you need to expect the innovation to be relatively small and innovative. It's like if I you only ever watch big-budget Hollywood action blockbusters, you're unlikely to see some of the smaller cinematic gems that pop up.

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Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 7:32:59 AM

Funny thing is that it should be these on the shelf and on the chart rather than them cookie-cutters. Same can be said about independent music and film though.

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Friday, October 14, 2011 @ 4:15:29 PM

Yep, cant wait for journey, i wish tgc wud release flow, flower and journey and all their behind the scenes, deleted levels and making of videos in a standalone 40bucks bluray, flower deserves a box release on its own
btw Ben, gonna trade it mate, z's rwd is all i want now :)

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